By Jonathan Yaghoubi
Amar’e Stoudemire was brilliant for the Knickerbockers scoring 23 points on 9/10 shooting to lead New York to it’s fourth consecutive win. New York has been a completely different team since Coach Mike Woodson decided to insert Stoudemire and JR Smith into the starting lineup last Monday against the Pistons. New York has gone 4-1 since the new lineup, and are resembling a team that everyone thought would at least contend in the Eastern Conference.
“Amar’e has been playing unbelievably well,” said Woodson. ” He made plays inside and we were able to play off him some in the pick and roll. That allowed guys to get open for some open shots.”
The team shot 54 percent from the field, and are now 12-1 this season when they shoot 50% or better. This was also the first time since April 12, 2012 that the Knickerbockers had four 20-point scorers in a game. Tim Hardaway J.R. led all scorers with 28 points, J.R. Smith had 22 and Carmelo Anthony added 20 points as the Knicks were able to overcome an early 12 point deficit against a Sixers team that has now lost 17 in a row.
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